Book Blitz: The Thick of Things by J.L. Campbell
The Thick of Things
By JL Campbell
GENRE: women's fiction with romantic elements, contemporary romance
BLURB: Life has a way of going awry when you least expect it, and Khalila Skyers learns this lesson the hard way. In one devastating blow after another, she loses her cosy existence. Then Douglas Blythe overtakes her life like a flood, and she’s not equipped to deal with an attraction that seems forbidden and overwhelming. But her body and heart want what they want, and leave her wondering if she ever knew herself at all.
Douglas is determined to help Khalila move beyond her obsession with the past and reach for love a second time. No matter how long it takes. No matter the distance. He’s going to prove he’s worth the risk.
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About the Author
J.L. Campbell wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. After a hiatus of more than two decades, Campbell started writing again in 2004, contributing to online craft magazines, including Vision and T-Zero: The Writer’s E-Zine.
After having three novels contracted by small publishers in 2010, Campbell opted to self-publish two collections of Jamaican-themed short stories in 2011 and hasn't stopped writing since.
She has been a contributor to Bookends (literary pages of the Sunday Observer). She has won several awards and medals, for her short stories and young adult novels entered in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Creative Writing Competition, including Outstanding Writer in the novel category.
Campbell learned the craft of writing through workshops, books, reading hundreds of articles. She is an editor and workshop presenter, who openly admits to learning from better novelists than herself.
She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, women's fiction, new and young adult novels. and is the author of twenty-seven books and two short story collections.
Khalila is in a transition period in her life. She is still hurting from the death of her son and is in the process getting a divorce from her husband when Douglas comes into her life. He is definitely not what Khalila wants to deal with right now. She senses an attraction to him but she just isn't in a place to start something new. Douglas also feels the pull towards Khalila but he is determined to not take no for an answer and wants to show her how good he can be for her. I liked this book. It was a little different than ones I have read lately in that it featured an older couple and Khalila had a little more traditional values than I'm used to reading about. She was very concerned about what others think of her. Even though she was at the end of her marriage, it was still in the back of her mind making her not want to move further with Douglas. I really liked Douglas. He was interested in Khalila but he wasn't pushy with her. He was so sweet and kind and exactly what Khalila needed. I really liked these two together. Khalila still had a lot of issues to deal with in her divorce and moving forward with her sons death. I really like how the author addressed these issues and allowing Khalila to find the love she deserved again. I would recommend this one to others. 3 stars